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complex volume

Contents

Context

Differential geometry

synthetic differential geometry

Introductions

from point-set topology to differentiable manifolds

geometry of physics: coordinate systems, smooth spaces, manifolds, smooth homotopy types, supergeometry

Differentials

V-manifolds

smooth space

Tangency

The magic algebraic facts

Theorems

Axiomatics

cohesion

tangent cohesion

differential cohesion

graded differential cohesion

id id fermionic bosonic bosonic Rh rheonomic reduced infinitesimal infinitesimal & étale cohesive ʃ discrete discrete continuous * \array{ && id &\dashv& id \\ && \vee && \vee \\ &\stackrel{fermionic}{}& \rightrightarrows &\dashv& \rightsquigarrow & \stackrel{bosonic}{} \\ && \bot && \bot \\ &\stackrel{bosonic}{} & \rightsquigarrow &\dashv& \mathrm{R}\!\!\mathrm{h} & \stackrel{rheonomic}{} \\ && \vee && \vee \\ &\stackrel{reduced}{} & \Re &\dashv& \Im & \stackrel{infinitesimal}{} \\ && \bot && \bot \\ &\stackrel{infinitesimal}{}& \Im &\dashv& \& & \stackrel{\text{étale}}{} \\ && \vee && \vee \\ &\stackrel{cohesive}{}& ʃ &\dashv& \flat & \stackrel{discrete}{} \\ && \bot && \bot \\ &\stackrel{discrete}{}& \flat &\dashv& \sharp & \stackrel{continuous}{} \\ && \vee && \vee \\ && \emptyset &\dashv& \ast }

Models

Lie theory, ∞-Lie theory

differential equations, variational calculus

Chern-Weil theory, ∞-Chern-Weil theory

Cartan geometry (super, higher)

Differential cohomology

Contents

Idea

The Cheeger-Simons classes are complexified secondary invariants.

Under identifying the fundamental class of a hyperbolic 3-manifold XX as an element in the Bloch group, the corresponding degree-3 Cheegers-Simons invariant is the complex volume of the 3-manifold, namely the linear combination

CS+ivol CS + i vol

of its Chern-Simons invariant and its volume (e.g. Neumann 11, section 2.3).

This appears as the action in analytically continued Chern-Simons theory.

(It is, incidentally, also the contribution of a corresponding membrane instanton wrapping a hyperbolic 3-cycle.)

Properties

Volume conjecture

The volume conjecture for the Reshetikhin-Turaev construction states that in the classical limit it converges to the complex volume (Chen-Yang 15)

References

  • Jeff Cheeger, Jim Simons, Differential characters and geometric invariants, in Geometry and Topology, Proceedings of the Special Year, University of Maryland 1983-84, eds. J. Alexander and J. Harer, Lecture Notes in Math. 1167, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 1985, pp. 50–80.

  • Johan Dupont, Richard Hain, Steven Zucker, Regulators and characteristic classes of flat bundles (arXiv:alg-geom/9202023)

  • Walter Neumann, Extended Bloch group and the Cheeger-Chern-Simons class, Geom. Topol. 8 (2004) 413-474 (arXiv:math/0307092)

  • Walter Neumann, Realizing arithmetic invariants of hyperbolic 3-manifolds, Contemporary Math 541 (Amer. Math. Soc. 2011), 233–246 (arXiv:1108.0062)

Relation to the volume conjecture is discussed in

Relation to analytic torsion is discussed in

  • Varghese Mathai, section 6 of L 2L^2-analytic torsion, Journal of Functional Analysis Volume 107, Issue 2, 1 August 1992, Pages 369–386

  • John Lott, Heat kernels on covering spaces and topological invariants, J. Diff. Geom. 35 no 2 (1992) (pdf)

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